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CREDIT ­ISSUES: Spencer Blier, left, CEO and founder of Mammoth Inc., one of Rhode Island’s licensed cannabis cultivators, in his facility with one of the Mammoth technicians. Because the federal government has not legalized cannabis, banking services and credit card processing are difficult to come by for businesses in the industry. 
PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Credit card restrictions curbing cannabis sector

People’s Credit Union CEO and President Sean Daly says major credit card companies and financial institutions remain cautious about entering the legal cannabis industry,...

Regional tourism leaders optimistic new slogan can be ‘All That’ and...

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Commerce Corp. recently unveiled a long-planned statewide marketing campaign, announcing to the world the Ocean State is “All That” and a...

Ash steps down as R.I. Commerce interim COO and president

PROVIDENCE – Bill Ash is stepping down from as R.I. Commerce Corp. interim COO and president, the agency confirmed on Tuesday. Ash replaced Hilary Fagan,...
R.I. COMMERCE CORP. on Wednesday launched its new "All That" tourism campaign. / COURTESY R.I. COMMERCE CORP.

R.I.’s new tourism campaign showcases state as ‘All That’

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island is all people, all cuisine, all outdoors, all history, say state tourism leaders. And a new statewide tourism slogan that's been...
ALL FINANCING ASPECTS for the Tidewater Landing stadium in Pawtucket have closed. / COURTESY FORTUITOUS PARTNERS

Tidewater stadium financing officially closed, but city bonding more expensive

PAWTUCKET – With about a month to go before Rhode Island FC’s inaugural home opener, all financing on the United Soccer League team’s future...

Advocates want to change these 4 things in the state cannabis...

CRANSTON – With infused drinks, charcuterie, and the blasting beats of Drake, a group of over three dozen industry advocates, leaders, and lawmakers gathered...

City officials mull grants to PVDFest vendors  

PROVIDENCE – The City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a motion to move a request to the Finance Committee that could give $500 grants...
WHEN R.I. COMMERCE Secretary Elizbeth M. Tanner was director of the R.I. Department of Business Regulation, she was a strong advocate for blockchain technology, which she preferred to call "distributed ledger" technology. PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

X Corp. licensing in R.I. part of a bigger tech push?

The "currency transmitter" license that Rhode Island recently issued to the company formerly known as Twitter Inc. is a common authorization in business dealings,...

Does Rhode Island need a recognizable marketing tagline or slogan to...

In March, Anika Kimble-Huntley, the state’s chief tourism marketer, told Providence Business News that R.I. Commerce Corp. was close to coming out with a...
ON GUARD: Becky and Tim Clark, owners of The Beachead restaurant on Block Island, say business hasn’t been quite as robust so far this summer. 
PBN PHOTO/ K. CURTIS

R.I. tourism stays local: Regional campaigns lead the way this summer

Just days before the start of the high season in Newport in early July, local tourism officials gathered to talk status and strategy. At the...
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